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Di Luo's Teaching Portfolio

Asian Art 6a. Buddhist Art in India I


Answer ANY TWO of the following questions:

  1. What is circumambulation? How is the stupa designed to enable circumambulation?
  2. What is aniconic? By what pictorial elements is the Buddha represented at Sanchi?
  3. What might be the purpose of including images of Yakshi (goddess of fertility) at Sanchi?

Reading Assignment


  • Lee, pp. 89-99
  • Neave, pp. 9-14


  • Reconstruction of the stupa
  • Sanchi stupa complex walkthrough
  • Father and son circumambulating the stupa at Sanchi

Key Works

Great Stupa at Sanchi

Sanchi Stupa from Eastern gate, Madhya Pradesh
Rubble and brick faced with gilded white stucco

Begun c. 250 BCE, enlarged and renovated c. 50-25 CE

Madhya Pradesh, India

Great Departure of the Buddha

Stone; h. 21 3/16″ (53.75 cm), l. 8′ (2.5 m)

Relief on east torana, central architrave

c. 50-25 BCE


Stone; h. 60″ (152.4 cm)

Bracket on east torana

10-30 CE, early Andhra period

Great Chaitya Hall at Karle

Karla Amit R Mahadik 01
Early 2nd cent. CE, Andhra period

Maharashtra, India



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